A Delta passenger who boarded a Miami-Atlanta flight in October faced a proposed $27,500 fine last month after allegedly hitting a flight attendant under her left eye, according to the FAA.
The passenger’s traveling companion allegedly refused to wear a mask, secure his tray table and fasten his seat belt, so the plane returned to the gate and both passengers were asked to get off the plane. The passenger accompanying the man who did not want to follow instructions “began yelling expletives at the flight attendant and other passengers, and struck the flight attendant under her left eye,” according to the FAA.
Federal law prohibits interfering with crews, physically assaulting or threatening to physically assault anyone on a plane.
Last week, the FAA proposed a $14,500 penalty against a passenger on a December jetBlue flight from New York to the Dominican Republic who refused to wear a mask and drank alcohol he brought on board, which is prohibited. The flight returned to John F. Kennedy International Airport and landed 4,000 pounds overweight because of the fuel loaded onto the plane for the international flight.
The Associated Press reported that a passenger on an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Denver this month faced a federal charge after refusing to wear a mask, then standing up and urinating in the cabin.